After reading the threads here I understand the general rule of nutrition during a ride is 250 or so calories per hour. Does it matter when the calories are eaten? Do they have to be eaten while riding - if so, would you typically count a pre-ride meal in your total calorie count? Also, at my weight & height (6'5" 230) should I be eating/drinking more?
I rode 3' 18" (56 1/2 miles) yesterday and thought I was eating and drinking enough, but started to feel really heavy legs the last 6 or so miles (the last 8 or so miles had a few decent hills).
Just before the ride I ate a big bowl of decent cereal. After about an hour I nibbled on a cliff bar over the next hour and 1/2. In the last hour I started with a gel, and drank about 20 oz. of gatorade. I also drank about 2 - 20oz bottles of water in addition to the gatorade. So, total calories over the last 2 1/2 hours was about 430.
Did I under-eat? I am trying to lose a few lbs. and so may have been erring on the low side for nutrition, but maybe I cut it to close?
Any thoughts would be appreciated as I am somewhat new to these longer distance rides.